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Pantawid Pamilya families benefit from gardening

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) partner-beneficiaries have benefited from their communal and backyard gardening projects.

Communal Garden in Balilihan

The Balilihan Farmers Marketing Cooperative (BFMC) has grown vegetables in a communal garden for almost four years now.

The cooperative’s 24 active members are composed of five (5) 4Ps beneficiaries and 19 non-4Ps beneficiaries.

Balilihan Farmers Marketing Coop (BFMC) sells their fresh produce in the public market.

According to Julita Batac, a coop member and a 4Ps beneficiariy, the income from the communal garden helps in meeting the school needs of her children.

Tinuod nga nakadugang ang income sa communal vegetable garden sa among kita kay matag semana ka duha mi mag harvest, Lunes ug Biyernes. Ihatud namo ang utanon ngadto sa Bohol Quality Mall ug uban pang tindahan sa Tagbilaran City. Mudisplay pud mi sa among merkado sa Balilihan kada Martes kay mao mana ang Market Day sa among lungsod (Truly our communal vegetable garden has augmented our income because we harvest twice a week, Monday and Friday. We also display in our public market every Tuesday because that is the Market Day of our town),” said Julita.

She encouraged other 4Ps partner-beneficiaries to plant vegetables in their own backyard because it will help them save money.

Kung magtanom sila, makakaon sila og presko nga utanon nga makatabang kini sa ilang resistensya aron dili sila dali matakdan og sakit (If they plant, they can eat fresh vegetables that can help boast their immune system and prevent them from getting ill),” added Julita.

Resourceful families

To help her husband in their family’s expenses, Teresita Amas from Bindoy, Negros Oriental decided to plant vegetables in their garden. Her husband Ruel works as a carpenter.

Nalipay ko nga pinaagi sa pagtanom nakatabang kini sa pagkunhod sa among galastuhon nga dili na kinahanglan mupalit pa didto sa merkado. Kada paniudto ug panihapon, magluto ko og gulay (I am glad that planting vegetables helps lessen our expenses because I would not necessarily buy in the market anymore. Every lunch and dinner, I make sure that I cook vegetables),” said Teresita.

The family has a small ricefield but due to scarcity of water, Teresita decided to plant it instead with string beans.

Teresita and her daughter Jessa Mae harvest their string beans from their backyard garden.

Luckily, the yield is more than what she expected, therefore, she was able to sell some to her neighbors. She also delivers the string beans to the market and it earns her more or less Php 250.00 every harvest.

With that, Teresita was able to save money which she will use in the next planting season.

Found in the mountain barangay in Dalaguete, Cebu, the one hectare “Manolo’s Farm” was established by a 4Ps couple, Manolo and Basilisa Lanzaderas, to ensure that their family eats healthy and nutritious food while earning income out of the said farm.

Manolo applied all his acquired knowledge from trainings and seminars about organic farming and has been harvesting variety of vegetables like cherry tomato, bell pepper, spring onions, parsley, lemon grass, lettuce, chives, coriander, carrots, cabbage, basil and among others.

As a trained organic farmer, he encourages other 4Ps partner-beneficiaries to follow the natural farming system.

Andam man sad ko magtudlo sa uban kabahin aning organic farming aron makabalo pud sila og unsay maayong benepisyo sa organic farming sa ilang pamilya ug sa kalikupan (I am ready to teach others about organic farming so that they would know the good benefits of organic farming for their family and for the environment),” shared Manolo.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to strengthen the implementation of communal and backyard gardening project among Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) partner-beneficiaries to empower them and promote good health among poor Filipino families.

Manolo waters the vegetables in his farm located in Barangay Dumalan, Dalaguete, Cebu.

Gardening aims to help address the nutrition concerns of beneficiaries by encouraging families to use indigenous seeds and organic fertilizer to grow vegetables within their own communities or households.

The DSWD has incorporated knowledge and skills enhancement training in the family development sessions (FDS) of 4Ps beneficiaries to enable them to become productive members of society and to provide them support for self-sufficiency. ###

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DSWD-7, Habitat turnover another 194 shelter units in 5 LGUs of Bohol

Another 194 units of Modified Core Shelter Assistance Project (MCSAP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7 in partnership with the Habitat for Humanity Philippines have been officially turned over to residents of Sagbayan, Catigbian, Carmen, Balilihan and Tubigon, Bohol yesterday, 6th of June 2019.

Mr. Rodenar Sagaral (in blue shirt), one of the core shelter recipients, together with his family, poses for a group photo op with the officials from the DSWD-7, Habitat for Humanity Philippines, Provincial Government of Bohol and Local Government Unit of Tubigon, Bohol after the ceremonial blessing and turnover of MCSAP units in Tubigon, Bohol.

To address the loss of shelter of the victims of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that have hit the Province of Bohol, The DSWD-7 in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity Philippines as its partner non-government organization established a project which aims to accommodate the housing need of the victims.

Each core shelter has a total lot area of 25 sq. meters which includes toilet and installation of connection for electricity and water supply.

According to DSWD-7 Regional Shelter Infrastructure Officer Engr. Aguinaldo Jimenez, the core shelters are made following a modified design different from the common standard design of other core shelter projects. Possible disasters like earthquake and typhoon that might hit the area again have been considered in the construction of the final modified design for the shelters. Steel frames that are industrially fabricated and are precut with holes already as the main structural support of the shelters, helped in the fast and easy installation of the materials in spite of the distant construction site and the absence of electricity.

“The steel materials are good to use in an earthquake resilient design due to its high tensile strength and ductile nature that could withstand a maximum load or stress which make the design durable from collapsing,” Engr. Jimenez explained.

The beneficiaries of the core shelter project also had their share in the construction of the houses through provision of bamboo slots or “lipak” for alternative walling, preparation of lot, exaction of zocalo and septic tank, hauling of materials, labor-sweat equity and the installation of connection for electricity and water supply.

There has been a total of 2,751 units of the MCSAP that were officially turned over to the recipients in Bohol, while the remaining 1,535 units are set to be turned over on June 13-14 this year.

Nalipay gyud ko kay nakapuyo na gyud mi nga kumpleto na gyud ang balay, dili pareha sauna nga nagtabon-tabon lang mi, nag barong-barong lang mi nga kanang makita pa gyud among atop. Ampingan gyud ko ni. Dili nako ni ibaligya, para ra gyud ni sa akong pamilya (I am really happy that we are living in a fully-equipped home now. Unlike before, we were only sheltered under a makeshift shack. I will take care and will not sell this house. This is only for my family),” Gina Canino, one of the recipients of the core shelters, expressed.

Certificates of Entitlement have been given to the recipients of the core shelter before the construction of their units while Certificates of Completion, Acceptance and Occupancy have been provided to them during the turnover of the units.

The Community Development Officer of the Habitat for Humanity Philippines, Mr. Ricardo Nogalada, also left short message and reminder to the recipients of the MCSAP units during the short program conducted after a ceremonial blessing and turnover of a core shelter unit in Sagbayan, Bohol.

Naglantaw mi nga naa na unya moy mga desente nga panimalay, ug nalipay mi nga usa mi sa mga nahimong instrument sa Ginoo nga makatabang sa inyo ug maghatag sa inyo og paglaom. Among panghinaot karon nga opisyal nang na turnover sa inyo ang mga balay, inyo unta kining ampingan. Sa kanunay mahimo unta kining panimalay nga anaa ang paghinigugmaay, pagsinabtanay ug pagtinabangay (We have looked forward to providing you decent houses, and we are glad that we became one of the instruments used by God to help and give you hope. Now that your houses are officially turned over to you, may it always be a home occupied will love, understanding, and unity),” Mr. Nogalada shared. ###

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Talibon SLPA operates Bigasan ng Bayan, partners with KOICA

In October 2014, the DSWD SLP organized the Poblacion Self-Employment Assistance tungo sa Kaunlaran (SEA-K) in Barangay Poblacion, Talibon, Bohol. It is composed of sixty-six (66) members, who are all Pantawid partner beneficiaries.

Most of the members are fishermen and the others have managed their individual mini sari-sari store in their houses. These are the members’ common livelihoods which do not guarantee to have a stable income.

Seven months after the group’s formation, the DSWD SLP granted in May 2015, the Poblacion SEA-K the amount of Php 660,000.00 to start their new individual business project. Each member was excited to manage and operate their desired livelihood project. They received Php 10,000.00 each as capital which they used to venture into buy and sell of fruits and vegetables; fish and food vending; seaweeds and vegetable farming; sari-sari stores; hog fattening and other livestock production; retailing; among others.

They chose these kinds of livelihood projects since selling basic commodities are in demand in the community.

On the same year, these aspiring entrepreneurs also attended some training on simple bookkeeping and financial literacy.

Barely two years of managing their individual businesses, the SEA-K members decided to do a rice retailing livelihood project as a group and call it Bigasan ng Bayan. Since the group needs to be registered with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), they changed their name from Poblacion SEA-K to Poblacion Talibon Association for Sustainable Livelihood (PTASL).

The PTASL is managed by the following officers: Milagros Fidel, President; Lydia Quilario, Vice-president; Jona Yusay, Secretary; Ma. Luna Furog, Treasurer; Ethel Tindoy, Auditor; and Public Relations Officers Cecilia Broza, Cleopas Tero & Emelda M. Aguhar.

Out from the capital fund that the members received in 2015, they agreed to contribute Php 1,000 each to materialize the association’s plan. They have gathered Php 65,000 as their starting capital for their new livelihood project, Bigasan ng Bayan.

Since all of them are Pantawid members, they agreed to patronize their store for the association to generate more income especially during payouts.

Lydia A. Quilario, Vice President (left), Ma. Luna M. Furog, Treasurer (2nd from left), Ethel E. Tindoy, Auditor (2nd from right) and Milagros A. Fidel, President (right) of Poblacion Talibon Association for Sustainable Livelihood in Talibon, Bohol diligently maintain the proper management of their business project through updated recording and inventory, store maintenance and cleanliness, orderly display of goods and cooperation among the officers and members.

In March 2017, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Philippines became the association’s business partner. They provide good quality milled rice from the local farmers in Bohol province. It has regularly delivered three (3) kinds of milled rice like Special Milled Rice (SMR), Well Milled Rice (WMR) and Under Milled Rice (UMR).

KOICA is the regular consumer/buyer of the Bohol farmers’ raw harvests. It is the one that processes the milling of palay and provides bulk supply to the Association especially during payouts through consignment in a low price. The association would save around 50 pesos for every 25 kilos of rice that they will purchase from KOICA.

The association’s average monthly income is Php 20,000 and would reach up to Php 80,000 during pay outs. The members agreed that half of the income goes to the bank. The remaining amount, after deducted for the labor cost is equally divided to all members.

Their generated income is divided into two. Half of it goes to the bank and the other half is used for the labor cost and the remaining balance is equally divided to all members.

After a year of Bigasan ng Bayan business operation, the members of the association agreed to expand the project into general merchandize. This led them to be more involved and be active in the livelihood project.

The officers responsibly take good care of the group. In times of conflict, everyone is involved in resolving it. During their monthly meeting, the treasurer would present a report to the group so that everybody would know the financial status of their business. They aimed to have a monthly profit sharing of not less than Php 400.00 each member. This effort leads them to persevere in running the business and build more trust to one another.

To unite more the members of the association, they actively participate in community services such as feeding program to those primary children in the mountain areas of the municipality; participation to coastal clean-up and Brigada Eskwela.

Located in Poblacion Public Market, the PTASL is already registered with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), National Food Authority (NFA) and Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

Dako gyud kaayo among kalipay nga nakapatigayon gyud kami og dugang nga negosyo. Amo kining gipangandoy ug amo kining ugmaron matarong. Makagarbo kaayo ang among negosyo ug ang among asosasyon (We are overjoyed that we have expanded our business. This is a dream come true for us and we promise to take good care of this. We are so proud of our business and our association),” expressed by Ma. Luna Furog, the association’s treasurer.

From Php 65,000 capital fund in 2017, the association has more than Php 900,000 income this 2019.

Nagpasalamat gyud ko og dako sa Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) tungod sa livelihood project nga among nadawat. Tungod niini, nakabaton gyud kami og among kaugalingon nga negosyo nga nakatabang sa among tagsa-tagsa ka pamilya (I am grateful to DSWD because of the livelihood project we received from the agency. Because of this, we were able to have our own business that extremely help us.),” said Milagros Fidel, President of Poblacion Talibon Association for Sustainable Livelihood. ###

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A Person with Disability Takes on A Great Responsibility

“Gikalipay nako ug dako nga bisan paman sa akong kapansanan, dako ko ug gikatampo sa among komunidad (I am greatly thankful that despite my disability, I have contributed a lot for our community),” Alejandrino Luzano proudly expressed.

Alejandrino poses beside the sub-project billboard, a symbol of their victory as a united community.

Alejandrino, fondly called “Manoy” in the community was chosen by the community folks as the chairperson of the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) for the implementation and installation of the 30 in-grid solar streetlights, as their sub-project for their community. The BSPMC is the committee that takes care of the overall management of the sub-project. It also formulates policies and makes decisions for the project. It oversees sub-project implementation, monitoring, maintenance and sustainability after project completion.

Despite his condition, he accepted and religiously manage the team. “Akong gigamit akong kakayahan aron ipakita nila nga kaming mga disable dili louy, kon dili special kami, aduna kami mga abilidad nga kayang buhaton (I have used my skills and abilities to show them that persons with disability (PWD) like me, are not helpless but special because we are capable of doing something for our community),” asserted Alejandrino.

Alejandrino suffered Poliomyelitis or commonly called Polio at the age of four (4). He was paralyzed. With the assistance of his grandparent who paid for his therapy, he recovered and was able to walk again. But as an effect of his polio his eyesight was affected with congenital cataract. He has endured all the trials and has not considered his condition a hindrance to everything he does.

Ang Kalahi-CIDSS mao ang nagpukaw sa akong pag hikatulog, mao kini ang naghatag sa ako ug opportunidad, mao na nga magpadayon gihapon ko sa pag bulontaryo (Kalahi-CIDSS has awakened me to get involve with the community and share my talents and skills. It has also given me the opportunity to continue to be a volunteer in the community),” affirmed Alejandrino as he recalled his struggles in the past that taught him life’s lessons and have been the reason why he is able to rise above his disability and has become a leader in his community.

Aside from being an active chairperson of Kalahi-CIDSS he is also the president of Oslob Municipal Federation of Persons with Disability and has ably reorganized the PWD association in all 18 Barangays. His enthusiasm in serving the sector he belongs has encouraged his fellow PWD members to be active in every activity in their town. He crafted the PWD federation action plan which get an annual fund allocation from the Municipal Local Government Unit.

He is a good role model of a leader, the people of barangay Luka, look up to him as their “bayani” because in spite of his physical condition, he was able to balance his time between his family and community. As a family man, he also works hard to fend for his family. He raises pigs and cattle. He utilizes his small piece of land for planting different kinds of vegetables. As a community volunteer, he actively participates in barangay assemblies and community activities not only in Kalahi-CIDSS program but also in the socio-civic undertakings in their town. He devoted his time and contributed his skills to every task assigned to him.

“Tungod sa gipakita nga kakugi ni Alejandrino, ang uban nga dili kaayo aktibo, napukaw ug nahinay-hinay na ug participate, kay tungod gipakita ni Alejandrino ang walay pag lubad nga kugi alang sa ilang komunidad (Because of Alejandrino’s hard work, the others who do not participate, were persuaded and were enticed to also do their share in helping their community),” observed Phil Jun Laingo the Kalahi-CIDSS area coordinator assigned in Oslob.

Through the efforts of the volunteers, other people in the community, municipal government and barangay local government unit, the community has been able to install streetlights for a total project cost of Php 779,800.00.

The streetlights have lighted the dark area in the community and lifted the people’s fear in walking the unlighted road.

For Alejandrino, Kalahi-CIDSS has given so much to him and to his community. “Gihatagan gyud sa Kalahi ug katakos ang mga tawo nga moapil-apil, nga ang gobyerno moadto sa mga tawo ug mo konsulta kung unsay buot nga sub-project nga ilang himoon (Kalahi-CIDSS has empowered the people to participate in the community affairs because the government goes to the communities and consult the people about their needs and how to address it),” declared Alejandrino. ###

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MCCT bene’s daughter among the youths who benefit DSWD’s GIP

A total of 80 youths are currently deployed in the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office-7, DSWD Residential Facilities, Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) Offices, and in different Local Government Units (LGUs) under the Government Internship Program (GIP) this year.

Johanna Heart Genon, one of the youths working in the DSWD-7 under the GIP this year, entertains a client of the Crisis Intervention Unit availing of for Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation.

The Program aims to provide a chance for youths to acquire life skills and learn etiquettes related to labor and employment while earning a stipend for 30 days that may help them for their daily school sustenance in the coming year.

Among the youths given the chance to work in the Department is Johanna Heart Genon, whose family formerly lived in the streets and is now a beneficiary of the DSWD’s Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) Program.

Johanna has expressed gratitude to the government and the Department for the experience and insights that she will be bringing with her as she steps into a permanent/official work in the future.

“Thankful kaayo ko nga natagaan ko’g chance nga maka-experience kung unsa diay ang trabahuon diri sa DSWD. Akong expectation sauna nga dili ra kaayo kapoy or hayahay ra kaayo ang trabaho diri, pero pagkasulod na nako diri through GIP, naka-ingon ko nga dili diay dali (I am very thankful that I have been given the chance to experience working here in DSWD. I used to believe that working in a government agency is just relaxed, but when I started my internship I realized it is not easy),” she expressed.

Through the GIP, DSWD 7 has provided opportunity to young individuals who are beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), out-of-school and in-school youths to make use of their available time during summer in a productive manner.

Johanna also shared that the money that she will earn will go to the expenses for her school supplies and as well as for her sibling’s.

Ang subra sa akong ma-sweldo ako pu’ng e-save para sa sunod napud nga semester (The extra money from my salary will be allotted for my expenses for the next semester),” she added.

These youths working under the Department’s GIP are set to finish their contract by June 20 this year. ###

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364 ESGP-PA students complete tertiary education

About 364 students from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) under the Expanded Students Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) completed their tertiary education for school year 2018-2019.

The ESGP-PA is implemented by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).

The program provided opportunities to 4Ps households who have children who are determined to pursue college education and qualified for the scholarship. A college degree for the children-beneficiaries opens an opportunity for them to access better employment and help them improve their lives.

These students graduated from the five partner SUCs in region 7. These are Siquijor State College (SSC) with 75 graduates, Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) with 154 graduates, Cebu Technological University (CTU) with 111 graduates, Cebu Normal University (CNU) has 3 graduates and Bohol Island State University (BISU) with 21 graduates.

One of the ESGP-PA graduates is Melchie F. Ejera from Consolacion, Cebu who finished Bachelor of Elementary Education major in Early Childhood Education at the Cebu Technological University (CTU) – Main Campus.

Melchie is flanked by her proud parents during the recent commencement exercise of Cebu Technological University (CTU) Main Campus.

“I grew up in a situation where poverty for me is normal, to the point that we used to have different addresses because we did not have permanent house at all. My father is a factory worker and his salary is not enough for our daily needs. I see how my parents work hard to support our needs especially in our education,” said Melchie.

Year 2013, Melchie’s family became one of the partner-beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

“This government program is an answer to our prayers. Through the 4Ps we were able to pay for our school expenses and bought some delicious food that we have never tasted before,” she added.

“When I was in my first year and second year college, there was never a time that I have not shed tears every school enrolment. My father did not have a regular work at that time. That’s why my parents need to borrow money from their friends just to pay for my tuition fee,” revealed Melchie

“There were times that I wanted to quit but every time I saw the eyes of my parents how they wanted me to pursue my dreams, it also gave me encouragement not to lose hope,” she said

Melchie became an ESGP-PA when she was in her third year college.

“What I have been through is something that I cannot shrug off and forget about. I am thankful that I have experienced all of the hardships because it motivated me to work and pray hard,” said Melchie.

“I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all the people who helped me out through this journey, to the government, to the DSWD through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and to the ESGP-PA family. Indeed, God used all of you as instruments to help me pursue my dreams,” the Cum Laude graduate said.

ESGP-PA scholars are now transitioned to the Unified Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education Act or UniFAST which implements the Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES). ###

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DSWD provides Listahanan data to UniFAST

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has provided the list of Listahanan identified poor to the Unified Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education Act or UniFAST which could be used as reference for the implementation of the Tertiary Education Subsidy or TES.

Hillton John V. Edrial, head of DSWD 7 NHTS discusses the role of DSWD in the implementation of UniFAST TES to the representatives of SUC/LUCs with the Regional UniFast Coordinator for Region 7, Mr. Humabon Marollano (in blue shirt).

This, after DSWD and UniFAST have signed a memorandum of agreement on the use of the data from the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or Listahanan of the DSWD.

The Listahanan database has also been used by various partner – stakeholders such as government agencies, non-government offices, academe and other interest groups as basis for their potential beneficiaries in their social protection programs.

Republic Act No. 10687 or UniFAST is a government agency mandated for the distribution of the government funds intended for the students and to implement the RA 10931 or “Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act (UAQTEA), a law that helps poor students continue their college studies without paying for tuition and other school fees.

One of the programs under RA 10931 is the Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) program or a grant-in-aid given to poor but deserving students enrolled in State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) – recognized Local Universities and Colleges (LUCs).

Each student beneficiary of TES receives Php 20,000.00 per semester or Php 40,000/year intended to support the cost of tertiary education such as books, transportation, room and board fees and other school expenses.

Those listed under the Listahanan’s identified-poor and Pantawid beneficiaries do not immediately qualify for the scholarship as TES has its own set of criteria.

Further, a Listahanan and Pantawid membership certification is not a requirement for TES application.

Application for TES is administered by the school only if the students are officially enrolled.

The SUCs/LUCs will be the one to submit the list of applicants to CHED/UniFAST for name matching, verification and approval. ###

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DSWD-7 reveals 2019 Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya provincial winners

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII has announced the three winners from each four provinces in region 7. Having been chosen after a series of rigorous cluster and provincial desk validation, these winners will be honored during the provincial awarding ceremony this June.

The Bohol provincial winner is the Batac family of Balilihan town while the second and third placers are the Busalanan family of Dagohoy and Palingcod family from Batuan, respectively.

The provincial winner of Cebu is the Elardo family from the town of Badian. The second placer is the Vaflor family from Cordova while the third placer is the Ejes family from Bantayan.

The Negros Oriental provincial winners are the following: Bohol family of Mabinay, first place; Villego family of Basay, second place; and Esteral family of Siaton, third place.

Siquijor’s provincial winners include the Taroc family of Maria, first place; Astillero of San Juan, second place; and Ponce family of Lazi, third place.

“These families exemplified strong family ties, demonstrated positive Filipino values and had created a positive impact in their community,” said DSWD-7 Regional Director Rebecca P. Geamala.

She added that their stories are truly inspirational and worthy of emulation by other Pantawid Pamilya family-beneficiaries.

“Through this Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya search, we can disprove the misconception that program beneficiaries become too dependent on government aid and underscores the value of working together to achieve success,” Director Geamala added.

These Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya were chosen based on the following criteria: 1.) strong family ties and harmonious relationship while upholding Filipino values despite the challenges of poverty (25%), 2.) family practices and promotes healthy living and environment care (20%), 3.) family involvement in community activities (20%), 4.) family as inspiration to others in the community (20%) and 5.) strives to improve living conditions amidst difficult situation (15%).

The provincial winners will receive cash prizes and certificates of recognition.

The judges during the provincial search were from partner national government agencies like DOH, DepEd, PIA, provincial government of Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor and partner civil society organizations (CSOs).

The provincial first placers will compete in the regional level search in July 2019. ###

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